OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 06/17/12 -- The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement for Father's Day:
"Today, Canadians take time to recognize and thank fathers, past and present for their life-long support and guidance, and for their enormous and ongoing contribution to our rich and proud nation.
In the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence, we use this opportunity to reflect on the past year, and we honour all of the fathers who strive every day to ensure the safety and security of Canadians at home, or to protect our interests abroad.
These brave soldiers, sailors and airmen are often required to put the needs of Canada and Canadians ahead of their own needs, interests and dreams while they are deployed on operations across Canada or around the world. We know that maintaining a balance between work and personal life can be especially difficult in the face of long hours at work, training and deployment and we are grateful for their dedication, their perseverance, and their sacrifices.
This is why it is vitally important for us to stop, to reflect on, and to thank them for all that they do, not just for Canada, and Canadians but for their loved ones and their families, each and every day. Whether at home or abroad, they are the proof that today, real-life heroes do exist.
With this, I join Canadians in wishing the defence team, "Happy Father's Day".